ORUCC Worship Resources for Sunday, February 25th, 2024

Orchard Ridge

United Church of Christ

Sunday Worship Resources

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Lent 2

9:00 am Sunday School

Education Wing

9:00 am Java & Jesus for Adults

Alfred Swan Room

10:00 am Worship

Sermon: Rev. Dr. Julia Burkey

“Cultivating Deep Peace”

in our “Fear Not!” Becoming Death Doulas, series

Lay Liturgist: Amy Kell

Music: TRU Function & children of Music Connections

11:15: Israel in Context, Friendship Hall

You are invited to a presentation: “Israel in Context,” hosted in Friendship Hall by Rabbi Bonnie Margulis, Executive Director, Wisconsin Faith Voices For Justice and Rabbi Jonathan Biatch, Rabbi, Temple Beth El, who will share with us their perspectives on the anguishing conflict in the Holy Land.

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For Children & Youth – February 25th

Nursery Care opens at 8:30. Jade and Marie are ready to play with your little one. 

Sunday School starts at 9 am. ALL PreK-5th grade children are invited to sing with Julie in the William Johnson room from 9:00-9:15. After the music, Karen and Josie will guide the PreK-1 children and any others who are not participating in the special music share during worship in a story about The Most Important Commandment.

Those who participated in the song/poetry writing experience in Music Connections will shift to the Frank Room to rehearse their music before a final rehearsal in the sanctuary at 9:30. 

Be sure to pop by the Bridges Room to share your thoughts of “How We Can Make The World A Better Place.” Please add your ideas to the sign on the door. Everyone in our community is welcome to contribute. 

Music Connections: This week the children will begin the 10 o’clock hour in the sanctuary with you. Those who have participated in our song/poetry writing project will share their special music during the worship service. After our music, all the children will stay in worship. This will allow everyone to have the opportunity to watch TruFunction perform!

Older Youth: This Sunday TRU Function plays in worship at 10:00–this means that they will gather at 8:30 a.m. for rehearsal. Youth who are not part of TRU Function will be invited to “Breakfast Club” with Pastor Kate and Barbara Stretchberry in the Day room at 9:00 a.m. 

Looking ahead:

  • Wed., February 28th, 6:30 p.m.: Meeting for folks interested in talking about service trip fundraising, meeting by zoom. Pastor Kate will send out a direct email early next week with a zoom link to Service Trip families.
  • Sun., March 3, 3:30 p.m.: Confirmation Class Info meeting for youth 7th-9th and their adults! Held at the church. 
  • Sun., March 10, 3:30-5:30 Confirmation Class, held at church.
  • Sun., March 17, 1:30 p.m.: Pastor Kate’s Installation Service 

Java & Jesus

Sunday, Feb. 25, at 9 am

Attend in-person at the church in the

Alfred Swan Room, or attend remotely

by Zoom

Dick Rossmiller facilitating

All are welcome!

Join us even if this is your first time!

Please read ahead of time and come prepared to discuss “Strangeness of Easter” (Wall Street Journal, April 3-4, 2021).

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If you have difficulty accessing the Zoom discussion,

phone Ken Pennings at 608-556-2371


Porchlight, Inc - Safe Haven Program


Safe Haven is a Madison-based day shelter for adults with mental illness who are experiencing homelessness. Guests have access to meals, showers, laundry, bus tickets, mail, and phone services. Safe Haven also provides housing-focused case management and crisis stabilization services. Safe Haven staff specialize in building rapport with individuals who may not otherwise engage in mainstream services.   


Safe Haven provides invaluable support through its Crisis Stabilization Program, which focuses on developing and maintaining recovery plans for guests experiencing acute crises. All eligible guests have been diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness, and 43% are also struggling with a co-occurring substance use disorder. 


Safe Haven’s daily utilization has increased significantly over the past several years, more than doubling from 2018 (198 guests) to 2020 (467 guests). As one of the few community programs for this population that kept its doors open, utilization continued to increase throughout the pandemic. In 2023, Safe Haven served 602 guests during the day. Of those guests, 41% were unsheltered – sleeping in a place not meant for human habitation, and 55% were sleeping in an emergency shelter at night. 


With skyrocketing costs and increased guest usage at Safe Haven, Porchlight is in need of additional funding to support these services. Your generous contribution will go directly toward guest services at the day shelter as well as transitional housing support, specifically for individuals with mental illness. 


 Thank you for giving generously


You can make a donation by check, on the memo line, please write “compassion” and mail to ORUCC, 1501 Gilbert Road, Madison, WI 53711,

or donate online from our website. The link is https://orucc.org/contribute/support/

Office Manager Julie Wombacher

Mon.-Thurs. 8:30am -12:00 pm

608-271-7212 or EMAIL

Senior Pastor: Rev. Dr. Julia Burkey


Associate Pastor: Rev. Kate Mackey EMAIL

Associate Pastor: Rev. Ken Pennings


Children’s Education Coordinator & Music Director: Julie Mazer EMAIL

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